Shining at the Bottom of the Sea

Shining at the Bottom of the Sea

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Shining at the Bottom of the Sea is a vividly imagined anthology of Sanjania, a fictional country created by one of the most impressive voices in Canadian literature, Stephen Marche. The novel offers a rich and varied portrait of Sanjania and its way of life through a collection of stories--from pirate tales to social realist dramas, from folk parables to avantgarde experiments, from nineteenth-century prostitution "confessions" to postcolonial memoirs. Part satire, part commentary on literary nationalism, part acrobatic feat, Shining at the Bottom of the Sea is above all else an original and absorbing read. Its stories range from wickedly funny to heartbreakingly sad and will be enjoyed by all readers--even the ones who have never had a chance to visit Sanjania.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 132.08 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Parklands, South Africa
  • 0143052705
  • 9780143052708

About Stephen Marche

Stephen Marche has published short fiction in Descant, The New Quarterly, and Event, and his story "Garrison Creek," originally published in The Malahat Review, was shortlisted for the 2002 O. Henry Prize. He is the author of The Hunger of the Wolf, Love and the Mess We're In, How Shakespeare Changed Everything, Shining at the Bottom of the Sea, and more. He serves as a columnist for Esquire magazine.
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142 ratings
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